FSU leaps over No. 5 UF


Published: Wednesday, March 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
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FSU second baseman Tony Thomas Jr. jumps over Florida's Adam Davis in turning a double play Tuesday at McKethan Stadium.

MICHAEL C. WEIMAR/The Gainesville Sun
Florida State coach Mike Martin hasn't forgotten watching the Gators' wild celebration of last year's Super Regional sweep of his Seminoles. He may never forget it.
But after No. 10 FSU defeated No. 5 Florida 6-4 Tuesday night at sold-out McKethan Stadium, Martin is ready to move on.
"We have to look past what happened last year," Martin said. "Florida beat us (last year). They deserved to go to the College World Series. We're trying to get it done this year.
"Certainly you don't forget that they beat you the year before. But since we won tonight we have to move on to the next ball game."
The Seminoles (11-1) avenged last year's heartbreak in Gainesville behind 6 1/3 strong innings from Live Oak native Tyler Chambliss (4-0) and closer Luke Tucker pitched a perfect ninth for his second save. First baseman Dennis Guinn and second baseman Tony Thomas Jr. each homered while catcher Danny Diaz, who entered the game 2-for-39 on the season, went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Florida (8-4) lost for the third time in its last four games and has now lost four of its last six at home. The Gators were coming off a 4-0 shutout loss to Wake Forest on Sunday.
"We battled our hearts out," Florida coach Pat McMahon said. " We just ran out of outs."
Center fielder Gavin Dickey took responsibility for that. Dickey killed a pair of Florida rallies when he hit into inning-ending double plays in the fifth and seventh innings. The most deflating was in the seventh after Florida cut FSU's lead to 6-3.
With the bases loaded, Seminoles reliever Brent Marsh got Dickey to ground into a double play to end the inning. Dickey made solid contact on the pitch but the ball rocketed straight to Thomas at second base. The play let the air out of the crowd of 4,601.
"It's frustrating that I'm not helping score runs for the team," Dickey said. "I had opportunities to score some guys tonight and I didn't do the job. That's what it boils down to."
Dickey blasted FSU a year ago. The Tallahassee native hit .474 in five contests against the Seminoles but went 0-for-4 Tuesday. Dickey's inning-ending double play in the fifth, coming with runners on first and third, was also a hard-hit ball.
"I've just got to hit it somewhere else I guess," Dickey said. "I can't hit it right at people with guys in scoring position."
Dickey is now 0-for-8 in his last two games to drop his average to .238 despite making good contact on several occasions.
"He hit the ball as hard as you can hit it," McMahon said. "He can't dwell on the negative of that. He's got to dwell on the positive."
Dickey was moved from the clean-up spot to No. 3 for Tuesday's game. That's the same place in the batting order where injured first baseman Matt LaPorta typically hits. LaPorta's absence, among other factors, has made Florida a different team in the eyes of the Seminoles.
"LaPorta being out was big for us," Chambliss said. "That guy can put one out anytime."
Chambliss, a closer turned starter, held Florida in check for most of the game. He gave up three runs on seven hits in a career-high 6 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out four.
"It's a lot easier driving home with a win than a loss," Chambliss said.
Gators starter Kris Gawriluk (0-1) took the loss despite throwing what McMahon called a "quality start". Gawriluk gave up just one run through four innings before FSU scored three times in the fifth capped by Diaz's two-run double to give FSU a 4-1.
Gawriluk, a Daytona C.C. transfer, finished the night having given up four runs on five hits over 4 1/3 innings.
"You feel good about the first three (innings)," said Gawriluk, who gave up a solo home run to Guinn in the fourth. "But all you really remember is what happened in the fourth and fifth."
Florida's Austin Pride added his first career home run in the eighth to cut FSU's lead to 6-4, but it wasn't enough for the Gators.

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